In the year of 1975 JRC (Junior Red Cross) activities were started in Bangladesh and in 1980 JRC and RCY were reformed in the name of Red Crescent Youth (RCY) .Now it is well functioning in 68 units. BDRCS has 160,000 skilled and trained Red Crescent Youth volunteers who are very motivated and actively involved in all disaster situations and awareness raising campaigns.
BDRCS has a separate Youth and Volunteers Department to organize and run the activities of RCY movement. In order to promote Red Crescent Youth movement and to accelerate its activities further, very recently Ministry of Education of the Govt. of Bangladesh has introduced Red Crescent Youth Movement in all secondary and higher secondary level institutions (6th to 12th grade) as co-curriculum. Now its has become imperative for all the education institutions to form a 53 members committee in each of the institutions to conduct youth movement activities for developing the skilled volunteers who will be capable to face any disaster situation as the associate of the Govt.This will improve the humanitarin activities of the youth and make them an agent for voluntary works.
International Friendship Programme (IFP)
International Friendship Project between Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and Japanese Red Cross Society has been implementing different activities since 2004. Since the inception of the project, BDRCS has carried out RCY basic training, first aid training, health awareness training, orientation of HIV/AIDS, anti stigma campaign, establishing flower garden and book bank, organizing inter school games, organizing debate, painting and essay competition, improvement of sanitation facilities, support books and stationary materials to orphans and poor students etc in 50 schools of 05 selected branches in each year.